The quickest route into the region is by bus, leaving from La Paz it takes three hours to arrive at the trail head. Then an additional two hour hike into Mt. Tarija base camp at 4,700m/ 15,420ft.
Fly to La Paz in Bolivia, Some people may choose to fly in a day early to have an extra day in La Paz to get extra acclimatization. La Paz is at 3,600m/ 11,811ft so arriving getting re-hydrated and relaxing is important at this height. We will walk through the streets of La Paz, visit the witches market and journey up the Gondola for a great city view of La Paz.Overnight hotel(D)
After a good nights sleep We head off to visit Lake Titicaca for further acclimatization. We take a boat ride on Lake Titicaca to the Island of the Sun. While exploring the islands there is a marvelous feeling of timelessness about the Inca sites and the local people’s traditional way of life that indeed resembles that of their Inca ancestors. Overnight Ecolodge La Estancia (B,L,D)
We leave La Estancia early and hike 4hrs to Challapampa and then a boat ride to Copacabana, explore the local markets, streets and enjoy the unique lake village of Copacabana and return to La Paz. Overnight in La Paz (B,L,D)
After a good nights sleep in La Paz we are up early and drive to the trailhead (Tuni) at 4,400m/ 14,436ft, at the trail head we load burros with our gear for transport to base camp. We take a path that goes up the trail is easy to see as it goes up, passing over the first lake in the way to the Chiar Khota lagoon, at 4,680m/ 15,354ft. We surround the lagoon by the southern side and we set the base camp at the foothills of Nevado Condoriri at 5,700m/ 15,420ft. Surrounded by a huge amphitheatre of impressive peaks. Today we become further acclimatized to the altitude. We brush up on our glacier skills in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for our first climb. Overnight Camp (B,L,D)
Today we will acclimatize further by hiking up a near by hill at 5,000m/ 16,404ft for a great view of the surrounding mountains. After a three hour hike we will return to base camp and finalize our training and preparation for our summit attempt on Mt. Tarija.
Climb Mt. Tarija 5,320m. Depending on the group we will have an early start for our ascent of Tarija 5,320m. The route begins at the snout of the glacier about 1 hour from the camp. Here we setup our crampons and harnesses, rope up. Initially the climb ascends the glacier at a moderate angle slowly traversing right up to a small summit to eventually reaching the summit. We will pick the safest route to the summit zig zagging back and forth along the route. The final ascent to the summit is steep and narrow with a small summit. You will be rewarded with great views and amazing mountain scenery. We return by the same route to base camp. The climb should take 6/8 hours. Overnight Camp (B,L,D)
We pack up our camp and walk out to meet our transport at the road head by mid day. We then drive back to La Paz. Overnight stay in La Paz (B,L,D)
Today we either journey to Peru and trek the Inca Trail or continue on to climb a higher Bolivian peak. Let us know what you would be interested in doing and we can help you on your climbing adventure in Bolivia. If this is your journey’s end you will be transferred back to the airport for your journey home.
A little bit more about the Climb
The Region has sweeping glaciers, picturesque mountains and amazing mountain views across lake Titicaca. A few families live on the route but once on the trail you will be out in the wilderness with stunning lakes and mountain views.
The climb on Mt. Tarija is no easy task but with our expertise and experience, we will provide you with all the necessary information you need to make your trip a success. We encourage you to get in touch with us and start getting the right training information straight away so you can start getting the physical conditioning needed for this climb.
Once the acclimatization is over we will give you excellent training on the ground getting you prepared for the summit attempt. You will receive excellent mountaineering training from our highly qualified staff. You will learn about glacier travel, alpine climbing and techniques you will be able to use on harder and higher mountains.
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Does this Mt. Tarija climb excite you to take the next step towards achieving your goals of reaching a summit high in the Bolivian Andes. If so, get in touch today.
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